Please see an invitation for a Regina Townhall meeting sponsored by the NDP Caucus Monday, April 23rd.
FORT MCMURRAY—The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction on random drug and alcohol testing of Suncor employees in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
There is no evidence that random testing improves safety, which is why Unifor is committed to more reliable methods to keep our members safe on the job while respecting their dignity,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Without violating workers’ basic rights, high levels of workplace safety with education and prevention can be achieved.”
The injunction was granted at Unifor Local 707A’s request on December 15, 2017. Unifor has filed for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to uphold an arbitration board’s ban on random testing. The union says random testing violates the fundamental rights of workers to privacy, respect, bodily integrity, and dignity.
In 2012, the union, which at the time was known as the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers’ Union, filed a grievance and applied for an injunction when Suncor announced the unilateral implementation of random drug and alcohol testing in its Fort McMurray Oilsands operations. In March 2014 an arbitration panel ruled that the ban violated workers’ rights, but both a judicial review and then the Court of Appeal later set aside the panel’s decision, calling for a new arbitration board to hear the grievance.
“Suncor employees are already subjected to more alcohol and drug testing than Alberta’s drivers,” said Ken Smith, President of Unifor Local 707A, referring to Suncor tests following virtually every workplace incident. In contrast, the police can only demand that a driver submit to drug and alcohol testing if the officer has reasonable grounds to believe the driver is impaired.
Join with us tomorrow to unite against homophobia and bullying in your workplace and community.
Take action on Wednesday, February 28.
Wear a pink shirt on February 28. By wearing your pink shirt, and sharing that image online, you can help to show that the union is speaking out against homophobic bullying and harassment. By participating in Pink Shirt Day this year, we ask that you make the promise to stand for kindness every single day.
Share your pictures and messages of support for LGBTQ workers and students with us email@example.com or online, on Facebook or Twitter, and we will share them with the wider Unifor family. Don’t have a pink shirt? Use this shareable or take a photo with this poster.
What is Pink Shirt Day?
Unifor recognizes Pink Shirt Day to support the trailblazing work of youth who took collective action against bullying. Pink Shirt Day began in Berwick, Nova Scotia in 2007 when David Shepherd, Travis Price and a large group of students decided to defend their peer who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, they, and many students turned up to school the next day wearing pink shirts.
Jerry Dias, National President
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
On February 28, we mark the International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day (RSI Day). Injured workers and labour activists founded RSI Day as an annual event to raise awareness and increase protection against these serious, and potentially disabling, injuries which are often incurred on the job.
Unifor will continue to call on all provinces and territories to expand mandatory ergonomic regulations. All governments must adopt strong workplace regulations, backed by robust enforcement, to protect workers from painful, costly and unnecessary injuries.
On RSI Day and on every day, we encourage all members to take a moment to examine their workspace to identify hazards that could lead to RSIs and to bring any concerns to your local health and safety representatives. Unifor is interested in your experience at work and how we can enhance advocating for better-designed work spaces and relief from repetitive tasks that can lead to injury. Please take a moment to tell us about your repetitive strain injury/ injuries and help us create a profile of RSIs in Unifor by taking the survey at: http://www.unifor.org/en/repetitive-strain-injuries-questionnaire. To view or share on Facebook visit:https://www.facebook.com/UniforCanada/photos/pcb.1955693547835465/1955677754503711/?type=3&theater
You can find additional information on RSIs along with a series of fact sheets on how to avoid injury at www.unifor.org/rsi.
Work safe and stay healthy.
In solidarity / En toute solidarité,
National Health and Safety Department
Unifor recognizes that the costs associated with post-secondary education is a challenge for many working-class families. To assist in making education more accessible, we’ve established 28 scholarships of $2,000.00 each. Five of these scholarships are administered by the Quebec Council with a separate application form (see www.uniforquebec.org). Residents of Quebec must apply using that application process.
The scholarships are awarded to children of Unifor members in good standing. Students must be entering their first year of full-time post-secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trade school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution. One of these scholarships will also be available to a Unifor member with at least one year seniority.
Detailed information about eligibility and how to apply for a scholarship can be found at www.unifor.org/en/education/scholarships
Director of Education
Every year for the past 4 years, Local 594 has tried to sponsor 2 kids to attend SFL Summer Camp. This is a great program and the feedback from the participants is always positive. Please see the attached poster for all the details.
To watch a video on the 2011 Camp, click the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=xC24i3rWSng
Unifor Local 594
200 Hodsman Road
Regina, SK S4N 5X4
January 31, 2018
TORONTO – For the third time this week, Toronto hotel workers have voted to join Unifor and leave the American union that had fired their local leadership and seized its assets, with an overwhelming 90 per cent vote.
“It is truly inspiring to see so many workers in Canada taking a strong stand against the bullying and intimidation tactics we see all too often from American unions,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “With every card signed and every vote cast, the workers are sending a strong message to U.S. unions that workers in Canada will not accept that kind of treatment any longer.”
Today’s vote at the Toronto Westin Prince hotel near York Mills and Don Mills follow successful votes held Monday at the Courtyard Marriott and the Marriott Bloor Yorkville. Workers at the Hyatt Regency hotel downtown and the Quality Hotel and Suites near the airport will vote on Friday.
Workers at the King Edward, Doubletree Metropolitan and Delta Toronto Airport hotels will have an opportunity to vote to join Unifor on Monday. Workers at the Hilton downtown, Toronto Don Valley, Hilton Toronto Airport, Sheraton Toronto Airport and Four Points Airport hotels vote next Wednesday.
“We did it – we stood up together and voted to join with hundreds of thousands of workers across Canada,” said Andrea Henry, a worker at the Westin Prince. “The American union threw everything they had at us, but we weren’t fooled. Now we feel so free.”
The American parent union of UNITE HERE Local 75 placed the local into trusteeship earlier this month in a dispute over the right of the local to set its own course, including in bargaining. It also removed elected officers and seized the local’s assets.
The workers at the Westin Prince hotel will become members of the newly formed Unifor Local 7575, and join more than 19,000 hospitality and gaming workers in Unifor across Canada.
“As part of Unifor, we will be able to continue the incredible work we have done as a union over the years, but were no longer able to continue as part of an American union,” said Lis Pimentel, who is leading the effort to bring hotel workers to Unifor.
“The momentum is building. Unifor Local 7575 is the home of hotel workers in Toronto, and is only going to grow from here.”
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or (cell) 647-385-4054.